PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania will welcome six freshmen to its women's lacrosse team next year, Head Coach Karin Brower has announced. Brower will use the six-member class to build on the most successful season in program history as the Quakers defend their Ivy League title in 2008.
Giulia Giordano (Moorestown/Moorestown, N.J.), Keely Langdon (Princeton Day/Princeton, N.J.), Carolyn Pollard (Phillips Academy Andover/Merrimack, N.H.), Lily Posner (St. George's/Westwood, Mass.), Liz Scott (Darien/Darien, Conn.) and Bridget Waclawik (Rumson-Fair Haven/Fair Haven, N.J.) will join Penn this fall.
Three of the members of the Class of 2011 were high school First-Team All-Americans as juniors.
Giordano is a standout midfielder on one of the nation's best high school teams at Moorestown. Giordano has scored 40 goals and 28 assists this season for the seven-time defending New Jersey state champions, and has 141 goals and 74 assists in her three-year career. She was named an All-American as a junior.
"Giulia has a great reach, which makes her a great take-away defender and she is a threat on the attacking end," Brower said. "She is calm and composed and a great leader, and we are excited to have her challenge for a position in the midfield next year."
Langdon, who will play at defender, is a captain of a currently-undefeated Princeton Day School team.
"Keely, although a middie in high school, will play defense for us," Brower said. "She has great size and stature and we look forward to training her to become a top defender for us."
Pollard, a midfielder/defender, was an All-American as a junior at Andover and is a captain this season. A goalscoring threat, the New Hampshire native already has 21 goals in eight games this year.
"Carolyn is quick and feisty," Brower said. "She can really play anywhere from midfield to defense. Her competitiveness and her work ethic will have her challenging several positions next year."
Posner, a middie, was named an Academic All-American as a junior at St. George's in Rhode Island. The Westwood, Mass. native was named an all-prep all-star by the Boston Globe last year.
"Lily is a tremendously fit athlete - she played three sports in high school and is a true competitor," Brower said. "We are really looking forward to developing Lily's potential and we see her adding to our midfield."
Scott, an attacker, captains her team at Darien, where she earned All-America honors as a junior last year. This year, she has led the Blue Wave to a 9-1 record and recognition among the top high school programs in the country.
"Liz is a strong and quick attacker who has an eye for the net," Brower said. "She is a great finisher and playmaker and we look forward adding to our attack next year."
Waclawik will walk on as an attacker after a career at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional in New Jersey. Last year, she was Bulldogs' top scorer and this year has led them to a 10-2 record.
"Bridget is a quick and tenacious attacker and we are excited to have the chance to work with her," Brower said.
Penn, ranked second in the nation, closes out the regular season at Syracuse on Sunday.